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an update for my MB-Zip at No.
is my MB-0, aka MB-Zip, as of January 2008.
drivetrain is now XTR M900, with cranks, BB, front and rear deraillerus
and brakes for easier gearing. The hubs are still 7700 series DA,
and the cassette is an eight-speed spiderless Shimano.
is now done with DA 7700 9-speed downtube shifters mounted on Paul
Thumbies used in friction mode as it's smoother and quieter. Hubs
are decent 36-holers laced to X517 rims. Tyres are Panaracer Pasela
26x1.25" tan sidewalls, but they're a little too narrow for my liking.
are Berthoud 650B x 50mm, and they're adjusted for a fender line
with 1.5" tyres. They were a real challenge to install, and took
me a couple of months, sending the bike to the shop to drill another
hole in the seatstay bridge for a riv nut to bolt on the fender,
finding the correct bolts, spacers, and rubber sheets to cut out
spacers, getting the mounting hardware from Velo Orange, and forcing
the steel fenders into shape. It's not absolutely perfect, but it's
as good as it's going to get for now.
stem is now a Nitto Technomic Deluxe, the bar is a Jitensha-Nitto
flat, the seat post is a Nitto Jaguar NJS, and the saddle is the
old Brooks Professional.
swapped out the Shimano stock brake pads for Yokozuna Koolstops
from Velo Orange, as the Shimanos were grating the rims and ruining
the surface. I didn't like the shot-peened finish of the brake pad
holders though, so I rubbed them flat and shiny with emery cloth.
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